How many times have women wanted men to see what it is like, trying to walk in heels?

This Thursday, at 5pm, they can scratch that itch by heading to Market Street in Camana Bay to watch the fifth annual A Walk in Her Shoes event.

From the very first year, this gathering of men and women has raised thousands of dollars for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the walk aims to once again raise money and awareness for the Crisis Centre and its mission to end the cycle of domestic violence.

This is a fantastic event for participants and spectators.

How does it work? Gentlemen are encouraged to participate by wearing heels and taking a ‘walk in her shoes’ before a very appreciative audience. It is definitely a sight for sore eyes, watching as men teeter their way along Market Street, resembling newborn foals in roller skates. The ‘race’ draws a huge crowd and the atmosphere is one of support and camaraderie.

Michelle Lockwood, chair of the fundraising committee, said, “Our fundraising goal for 2020 is to exceed $50,000, which will be used to help [cover] the ongoing shelter costs. CICC is also hoping to build a purpose-built shelter in the next five years, as we have outgrown the small house we [currently] use for the shelter.”

It is definitely a sight for sore eyes, watching as men teeter their way along Market Street, resembling newborn foals in roller skates.

“Each year, we see the participants get more and more creative, [as they] use this platform
to help raise funds for our shelter,” said Lockwood. “This is a fun and entertaining event for all of the spectators as well.”

Cayman’s answer to The Rockettes.

Get involved

• Sign up online as a team or individual – $30 (US$35) per person. Email [email protected] ky to register.

• Get friends, family and employers to donate to support participants. The sponsor sheet is available on www.cicc.ky.

• Each participant will walk a maximum of five laps (a minimum of one lap).

• For every $150 a participant raises, one lap will be removed (e.g.: if participant raises $450, he only has to walk two laps).

• Wear a pair of ladies’ shoes – the more bling, the better!

• Take it up a notch. Paint your toes, throw on a wig or show off a dress.

• Get friends to sign up and participate too.

For more information on this event, contact Michelle Lockwood at [email protected] or [email protected].

About the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

The Crisis Centre provides shelter for victims of domestic abuse, and their children.

Its vision is to close its doors forever because its services are no longer needed. Until such time, it continues to provide support, counselling and refuge for families of domestic violence, and advocate for these voiceless victims.

It carries out its mission by providing safe shelter for abused women and their children, a 24-hour toll free crisis line, walk-in centre for all victims of domestic violence, and ongoing support and services.

It also operates an after-school programme for at-risk teens and young adults, as well as a Kids Helpline for children.

Estella’s Place, its public-facing office, is located in Crown Square on Eastern Avenue. For more information, visit www.cicc.ky. The 24-hour crisis line is always available at 943-CICC (2422).

 

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